<excerpt from longer article about many musicians>
...A number of the lesbian singer/songwriters have taken an acoustically driven direction. I had been reading a lot about Ellis, one such singer, before I actually heard her third solo disc, Everything That’s Real. I think it was a case of too much hype, as I was somewhat disappointed in what I heard. However, with her latest album, Tigers Above Tigers Below (Rubberneck), Ellis has made me a convert. Backed up by a group of terrific musicians, including Julie Wolf and out singer/songwriter Erika Luckett, Ellis begins things on an uplifting note with “Give Me Your Hand.” The high quality of the songwriting and performance is consistent throughout the album, and songs such as “Liberty” (with Wolf playing accordion), “Expendable,” “Nothin’ New,” and “As You Are,” indicate that Ellis is an artist whose time has come...